Greed and corruption on Wall Street. The collapse of the
housing market and a looming recession/depression. A trillion dollar war in Iraq. These are
the big issues dominating headlines during this election. Yet one crisis
underlying all these others is barely mentioned: the systematic erosion of our
constitutional freedoms and principles.
In the space of a single administration, we’ve seen massive
secret domestic surveillance programs, the gutting of habeas corpus, the spread
of “free speech zones”, and the legalization of torture and rendition. When the
top executives of our government cloak their abuses of power in a pathology of
lies and secrecy, we shouldn’t be surprised to discover a kindred culture of
deception flourishing on Wall Street.
The totality of this assault remains largely unexamined even
as its effects continue to poison the wellsprings of our liberty and our
prosperity. Accountability and transparency aren’t just free market principles.
They are also the core of our system of checks and balances, of the democratic
ideal, and of our values and identity as a people. Regardless of the election’s
outcome, until individual Americans forcefully demand the rescue of our
birthright, the country cannot recover.
In times of peril, our judgments cannot be better than our
information. “Goodbye Liberty”, with an original soundtrack by Patrick Leonard
(google him – you’ll be impressed), is a clear and concise video montage
detailing how far down this slippery slope we’ve slid. A companion website, www.GoodbyeLiberty.net
, has a list of
sources, resources, and keywords for those inspired to look and act further.
#1 Low Resolution/Small File Video
#2 High Resolution/Large File Video